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Last month, after donating blood for the first time, my significant other found me slumped over in a chair. He asked what was wrong, and I replied, “I’m fine,” right before passing out into a … more
An “inflection point” is the point in a curve in which a change in direction occurs. Lately, the goal has been to “flatten the curve” of the exponential increase in coronavirus cases. Yet, … more
Not so terribly long ago, I was rummaging through my closet searching for some article of clothing; I just don’t remember exactly what it was I was looking for. It may have been a favorite tie … more
“Move,” as my pal Jock Lauterer reminded me recently, is a four-letter word. We just finished with one. I’m using the word “finished” very loosely because, as you no doubt have … more
It’s been said that people have several layers of conversation topics, some safer than others, and that the one(s) we go to when it’s time to talk are determined by our level of relationship with … more
There have been summer days so humid that it seems like I have to swim to the mailbox in the evening. Recently, I passed a neighbor walking her dog and — as I was raised to do here in the South — … more
TO THE EDITOR: I proudly voted for Republican presidential candidates from Reagan through Romney. But I cannot vote for President Trump. I believe that he is a danger to our democracy. … more
To the editor: Hitler’s first moves were to divide the nation, disarm the citizens, get rid of local law enforcement and burn books to eliminate history when he implemented his plan to overthrow … more
To the editor: Dear Chatham County neighbors, This is a personal plea in which I ask you from my heart to please wear a mask over your mouth and nose in public. Both of my young children … more
These words, of course, come after the fact — a characteristic that sems to fit my nature. I won’t say I’m always slow or late but I’ve been known to take awhile to get started on some things … more
Anyone with an abiding interest in human behavior — and more specifically, the nature that drives behavior — surely understands the notion of what specialists in those related fields call … more
Psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross formatted her five-stage theory of grief after decades of counseling dying patients and their families. After the death of George Floyd, America has witnessed the … more
To the editor: Reacting to the George Floyd murder, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender advocated dismantling the Police Department. During a CNN interview on June 8, her response when … more
The U.S. needs a new approach to lifting Americans out of poverty There have long been debates on income support programs — mainly stemming around whether they lift Americans out of poverty, or … more
Life, it’s been said, is a funny teacher. Not funny as in funny “ha-ha” but funny as in how things come around, sometimes in sort of an ironic way. Life, unlike my high school algebra … more
Recently, I sat down with my guitar and learned how to muddle through the Credence Clearwater Revival song, “O Lord, stuck in Lodi again.” But instead of Lodi, a town in California, I changed … more
My dad, who would have celebrated his 83rd birthday last week, has been gone 15 years now. When Father’s Day and his June 9 birthday come around, I invariably end up reflecting on the … more
To the editor: Perpetual ignorance and political correctness are the broad way to hell and will destroy a nation unless action is taken. The action needed is knowledge and a real relationship with … more
To the editor: To Pittsboro and Chatham County commissioners: In light of our current events, and our path forward, can we please outlaw symbols of terrorism locally? This would also put us … more
I sold out. In recent years, in conversations with my fellow journalists, we often deride (playfully) those former reporters who go into the world of PR and marketing. They gave up for the money! … more
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